Race, Culture & Domestic Violence

October 2020

An event to end Domestic Violence in Connecticut, and beyond

10th Annual Walk, Run & Ride
to End Domestic Violence

Sponsored by
Yale New Haven Health, Advanced Office Systems, Visconti & Associates, P.C.,
People’s United Bank, WebsterBank, T.M. Byxbee Company,
Premier Car Wash, Caffe Bravo, A-1 Toyota, MicroServ LLC
and Family Centered Services of CT

Why participate?

1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner(1). You will be participating to be a voice to your community impacting Connecticut and beyond. Your participation is important – and it’s FREE!

When:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can participate anytime! Visit our registration page for specific dates, challenges and prizes. We will announce winners on Friday, November 6, 2020 on the website. Winners will be notified by email.

Where:

Domestic Violence happens everywhere, so your participation anywhere helps bring more awareness to your community and throughout Connecticut.

Who:

Everyone. Domestic violence impacts men, women, children and people of all ages. It impacts communities and families and people just like you.

How it works:

  • Pledge
    By registering, you are pledging to promote a community culture of non-violence. Your participation will give voice to domestic violence awareness in your community, Connecticut and beyond. You can pledge as an individual, create a team or create a group at work. Be creative! Create your own challenge to end domestic violence in your community.
  • Participate
    Walk, run or ride and automatically be entered in our virtual raffle and win prizes. (See list of prizes and raffle items below.) You can also sponsor the event by choosing your sponsorship level when registering for the event.
  • Post
    When you’re done, post your activity on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Your post will help build awareness within our community. Use our hashtags #domesticviolenceawareness #FamilyCTEndsDV

Prizes:

Win a Fitbit, exercise apparel, gift cards and more!

Resources:

For more information about Race, Culture & Domestic Violence, please click here.


What is Domestic Violence and what does Race & Culture have to do with it?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions, or threats of actions, that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States – more than 12 million people over the course of a year (2).

Here in Connecticut, the state hotline served over 37,000 victims in one year (3). Family Centered Services of CT alone served almost 1,000(4). Now, “stay-at-home orders” during COVID-19 may have intensified this problem.

While domestic violence can impact anyone, how someone experiences domestic violence is often impacted by their cultural background. We may have intersecting identities that contribute to our cultural identity, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, history, family background and even parent, spouse and occupation. What role does our cultural identity play when it comes to domestic violence and how does it act as a barrier and protective factor? Does an understanding of culture and influence help us understand why some abusers abuse, why some victims stay, why some communities are silent and how safety and healing are supported? We will explore some of these issues during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

1. National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010 Summary Report, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/resources/statistics/ 3. CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence CT Service Statistics 4. Family Centered Services of CT 2019-2020 Service Statistics

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